Golf: Clayton Rask has lead at State Open

Clayton Rask, former Elk River golfer, is leading the Minnesota State Open after shooting a 66 on Saturday at Edinburgh.

Rask, a pro playing out of Crystal Lake Golf Club, is five-under-par at 73-66-139 heading into Sunday’s final 18. He heated up on the back nine Saturday including eagles on the first and fourth holes, both par-5’s.

Tied for second with 140’s are amateurs Sammy Schmitz of Valleywood and Jon DuToit of Chaska.

Rask, 28, a former Gopher, currently based in North Carolina and playing on the NGA Tour, won the State Open in 2010 at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids.

Rask won the Minnesota Golf Champions tournament in May at Minneapolis Golf Club. He took a similar path in that tournament with an opening 74, then a 6-under 66 in the second round. He won the NGA’s Killearn Country Club Classic in Tallahassee, Fla., in February, earning $28,000.

Conrad Hahne, another former Elk, is tied for 47th a 5-over-par 72-77-149. He’s one of 60 golfers who made the cut for the final round.
Among the 95 golfers who didn’t make the cut are Alex Kline (plus-8) of Links at Northfork and Colton Buege (plus-9) of Fox Hollow.